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Jasmine Oil

Having a medium consistency, the jasmine oil is deep brown in color with a tinge of golden. Known for its anti septic, anti spasmodic and expectorant therapeutic properties, this oil is slightly expensive, however is worth its price. The Essential Oil of Jasmine blends well with essential oils of Bergamot, Sandalwood, Rose and citrus fruits such as Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, etc. At present, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, China, Japan and Turkey are the best producers of this essential oil with a rich floral fragrance. There are well over 100 constituents found in jasmine oil, but the main chemical components are benzyl acetate, linalool, benzyl alcohol, indole, benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, geraniol, methyl anthranilate and trace amounts of p. cresol, farnesol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate, eugenol, nerol, ceosol, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, y-terpineol, nerolidol, isohytol, phytol, etc.

History of Jasmine
The plant of Jasmine, known by botanical name-- "Jasminum officinalis" has derived its name from 'yasmin', a Persian word which

is used to refer to an aphrodisiac. Belonging to the Oleaceae family, the essential jasmine oil has proved its efficiency in combating depression. This typical mood lifter with its exotic fragrance, is also ideal for boosting confidence. Being a native of China and Northern India, the jasmine plant was later brought to Spain by Moors.

Finding its important place since ages, the essential jasmine oil was used for treating several ailments by the Chinese, Arabians and Indians. It was used as an aphrodisiac and for other ceremonial purposes. In Turkey, the wood is used for making rope stems and jasmine tea is a Chinese favorite (but Jasminum sambac - Arabian jasmine - is normally used for this) and in Indonesia it is used as a popular garnish.
 

Oil Extraction
Known to be an evergreen, fragile, climbing shrub, jasmine can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet) high. For the purpose of oil extraction, the small white star-shaped flowers of this shrub are picked at night, when the aroma is most intense. On an average, nearly 10,000-15,000 blossoms can be picked by an experienced picker, out of which 1,000 lbs of flowers yield approximately one pound of liquid concrete, which yields 0.2% aromatic molecules.

Thus, in this whole process of oil extraction through steam distillation, jasmine oil starts its journey as a "concrete", after which an "absolute" is obtained from the concrete, by separation with alcohol. The more common species - Jasminum grandiflorum (also known as royal jasmine, Spanish or Catalonian jasmine or jati) is also used for essential oil extraction, however, the superior quality 25% blend is made from Jasminum officinale.

 

Applicable Benefits
Several health benefits have been associated with the essential jasmine oil having numerous beneficial properties. These include its being anti depressant, anti septic, aphrodisiac, anti spasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactogogue, emenagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine.
Spreading its strong yet sweet, pleasing and romantic fragrance everywhere, this essential oil has much more to offer than just sweet and romatic feelings, encompassing the following advantages:

  • Anti Depressant: The aroma of this oil has a pleasing, uplifting effect on mind and fights depression. This makes you feel happy and awakens romantic and poetic feelings in you.
  • Anti Septic: It is a very good anti septic and disinfectant. Its constituents like Benzaldehyde, Benzoic Acid and Benzyl Benzoate have very effective germicidal, bactericidal, fungicidal and anti viral properties. When externally applied on wounds, it prevents it from being septic and effectively checks infection from tetanus.
  • Anti Spasmodic: Jasmine Essential oil is good in treating and relaxing spasms. It gives quick relief from spasmodic coughs, cramps, congestions, asthma, breathlessness and even spasmodic cholera as well as intestinal cramps and pains resulting from spasm.
  • Aphrodisiac: Actually it is the Aphrodisiac property of Jasmine Essential Oil that makes you feel romantic. This oil brings you in mood for love and also enhances your libido. Due to this property of aroma of Jasmine Oil and fragrance of Jasmine flowers, it has been in use during First Nights, particularly in the Indian Subcontinent where it is in practice to decorate the bride and the First Night Room with these flowers and use its oil to spray in the room. It also helps cure problems such as premature ejaculation, frigidity, impotency, etc.
  • Cicatrisant: Worried about the scar marks, after spots left by boils, acne, wounds, pox, etc.? Give a try to Jasmine Essential Oil. Being a Cicatrisant, it can help fading away of those scar marks and after spots. It can also help you against those fat cracks.
  • Jasmine oil can help you have a better and sound-less sleep even when you are suffering from cough and cold. It gives relief from cough by helping clear the accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts as well as from snoring by clearing congestion of nasal and respiratory tracts. So you don’t need to keep awake and cough endlessly in the night, nor do you have to snore in sleep.
  • Emenagogue: This property is meant to give relief to those women who suffer from irregular, obstructed and painful menses or an untimely menopause. The emenagogue property of Jasmine Oil makes periods regular, clear and less painful and also help push back menopause. It also gives relief from the other problems associated with menses such as fatigue, annoyance, nausea, etc.
  • Galactogogue: It increases milk secretions from breasts, and is thus very good for lactating mothers and the feeding babies. This property also helps protect from breast tumors or breast cancer.
  • Parturient: This Essential Oil of Jasmine facilitates and eases birth and reduces labor pain. This feature can be very beneficial in today’s scenario when a normal delivery is a rare sight and most of the cases are resolved through Caesarian method.
  • Sedative: It calms down body, mind and soul and brings forth your positive and constructive emotions. It gives relief from anxiety, stress, annoyance, anger and depression as well as from inflammations.
  • Uterine: This oil is good for uterine health as it tones it up and promotes flow of certain hormones which ensure good health and proper functioning of uterus. It also helps protect it from tumors, particularly after menopause, by restricting flow of estrogen.
  • Other Benefits: It is good for skin and keeps it smooth and free from cracks. It can be used to free people from narcotic and other addictions. It also cures muscle pain.
 

Precaution Note: On a general note, the essential jasmine oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. However, if used in excess, the oil may impede concentration due to its deeply relaxing and sedating nature. Some people even have an allergic reaction to the oil. The oil is also not recommended to be used during pregnanacy, owing to its emmenagogue properties.

 
 
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